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November 2017
Garden Educator Resources
School Garden Design Elements Video Lab
Tips on Making Garden Signs
NGSS Science and Engineering Posters
Spanish Language Resources
School Garden Support Organizations Unite!

( No, you are not missing any issues, we have been busy, but are glad to have gotten the November 2017 Educator Resource Blast out. 1/4ly blasts will continue).

Winter 2015
Program Updates
2014 Organizational Highlights
We Did It!
Top 10 Webinars
Become a FoodCorps Service Member
Garden Tips and Educator Resources
Recipe: Curry Winter Squash Soup
Lesson: Lighthouse – Communication Skills
Garden Tip: Outdoor Classroom Management
Upcoming Events
Life Lab Spring Benefit Brunch – Save the Date
Upcoming Workshops and Webinars

Fall 2014
Program Updates
New Edition of the Growing Classroom
Summer Camp Highlights
Food What Summer Program Celebration Dinner
Garden Tips and Educator Resources
Recipe: Apple Salsa
Lesson: Seed Ya Later from New TGC
Garden Project: Running an Effective Garden Workday
The Ultimate School Compost Resource
Upcoming Events
Life Lab Fall Gathering –  Saturday, October 11th
Upcoming Workshops and Webinars

July 2014
We’re Changing the Nature of Education

April 2014
Program Updates
Life Lab Garden Classroom Brunch 5/18/14 – A Feel Good Meal
edWeb Growing School Gardens Partnership – Common Core in the Garden
“Food,What?!” Youth Engage in Job Training and Land Jobs
Take 1 Minute and Vote for Life Lab
Garden Tips and Educator Resources
Lesson: Catch the Sun
Garden Project: Plastic Bottle Greenhouse
Recipe: Veggie Stone Soup
One Garden Serves Many Schools: A Unique Approach to Garden Programming
Upcoming Events
Workshops and Webinars
Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden Events

December 2013
Program Updates
Training Others – Our Impact Defined
Our Year in Review
Common Core and Next Generation Standards in the Garden
Announcing the California School Garden Survey
School Garden Support Organizations Unite!
End of Year Sale – Take 10% off Everything at our Online Store
Garden Tips and Educator Resources
Lesson: Day at the Races: Soil Erosion and Conservation
Garden Tip and New Garden Sign Design: Saving Water in the Garden
Recipe: Pumpkin Tea Cake
Upcoming Events
Workshops and Webinars
Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden Events

September 2013
Program Updates
Meet Faith – Support our Work
Summer Accomplishments
Announcing the National School Garden Network
The Top Ten of Farm- and Garden-Based Education
Garden Tips and Educator Resources
Root View Cups
Detergent Bottle Watering Cans
Recipe: Sunny Green Bean Pate
Coming Soon: Common Core Standards Database
Upcoming Events
Workshops and Webinar
Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden Events

May 2013
Program Updates
What We Have Been Up To Since Our Last Newsletter
Meet our Senior Program Associate – Amber Turpin and her baby Hazel
Update on the California School Garden Training Program
California FoodCorps Update
Vote on the Top Ten of Garden-based Learning
FoodWhat Teens Bring Learning to the Farmers’ Market
Life Lab in the Press
End of the School Year Sale 10% Off
Garden Tips and Educator Resources
School Garden Summer Care
Farm and Garden Jokes
Recipe: Nasturtium Pesto

December 2012
Program Updates
What We Have Been Up To Since Our Last Newsletter
Welcome New Staff – Audries and Alex
Update on the California School Garden Training Program
Life Lab’s “Food, What?!” Youth Maya Receives National Brower Youth Award
Life Lab Selected as FoodCorps State Co-Host
Garden Tips and Educator Resources
Planting Fruits Trees and Vines in School Gardens
Sustaining School Gardens – Funding Garden Coordinators
Book Review: Our School Garden!
Recipe: Honey Seed Snacks
10% Off All Life Lab Publications
Summer 2012
Program Updates
What We Have Been Up To Since Our Last Newsletter
Thank You, Gail!
Update on the California School Garden Training Program
Meet Our Garden Educator – Emily
“Food, What?!” Receives Harry Chapin Self Reliance Award
“Food, What?!” is Hiring an Associate Director
Garden Tips and Educator Resources
Seed Saving Resources and Video
Growing Questions – Inquiry in the Garden
Teaching at a Farmer’s Market
Recipes: Zucchini Baba Ganoush and More
Discount on K-12 Sustainability Education Certificate
YardMap.org – Citizen Science

Spring 2012
Garden Tips and Recipe
Make a Human Sundial
Edible Crop Planning
Recipe – Kale Salad
Program Updates
The Book of Garden Projects for Kids
Update on the California School Garden Training Program
In the Community Spotlight
Youth Food Bill of Rights
What We Have Been Doing Since Our Last Newsletter
Meet Our Garden Educator – Amy Carlson

Winter 2012
Garden Tips and Lessons
Lesson – Six Seed Trail Mix
Making Garden Signs – Tips and Photos
Lesson Packet – Feeling Fine With Fresh Foods
Recipe – Winter Squash Teacakes
Program Updates
2011 Program Highlights
Announcing the California School Garden Training Program
Sharing Adventures With Others
“Food, What?!” Photo-of-the-Month – Sign Up
Meet Our Outreach Director – John Fisher

 

Fall/Winter 2011
Life Lab Auction
Online Resources Summary
Essay – The Garden: A Master Teacher
Where We Have Been
Meet Our Education Director
Intern Spotlight
“Food, What?!” Harvest Festival
Worm Bin Bingo
Meet Our Chickens
Recipe – Winter Squash Pasta
Resources We Like
Upcoming Events

Summer 2011
Working with Interns
Spanish Language Garden Education Resources
Garden Scavenger Hunts
Meet Don, our Associate Director
Top Ten Contest
“Food, What?!” Photo-of-the-Month
Food Justice Defined in the Words of our Youth
Our Online Auction
Camp in Review
Make your Schoolyard Green
Websites we Like
Upcoming Events

Spring 2011
Top Ten Contest
Cooking with Kids
My Edible Garden – Edible Art Activity
Garden Education Songs
The New Life Lab.org
CA School Garden Survey Results
Websites we Like
Meet Allison our Garden Educator
Register for Day Camps
Life Lab in the News
Upcoming Events

December 2010
The Wonders of Chard
Reuse in the Garden
Chive Hairdos and Stone Paperweights – Reuse Activities
What our Peeps are Saying
Workshops and Field Trips
Websites We Like
Life Lab on GTv
California School Garden Survey

Fall 2010
Life Lab Benefit
Life Lab spanning the globe
10 Garden Activities
Sunflower Green Bean Pate Recipe
Farm and Garden News – Food What update
School Gardenings 100 plus years ago

Summer 2010
Save the Date – Life Lab Benefit
Life Lab wins Gold
Chive Heads and Root View Cups
Fritata Recipe
Farm and Garden News – Food What, Green Schools, Oral History Project

Spring 2010
New Publications for Families and Pre-school Educators
Download Science Exploration Units for 1st-4th Grade
Green Garden Smoothies
Farm and Garden News – Food What update

Summer 2009
Life Lab Celebrates 30 Years – Birthday Party Video
Annual Benefit Event
Lessons for Educators
Rhubarb Soda Recipe
Farm & Garden News – Video Contest winner, Food What update

Spring 2009
Life Lab Celebrates 30 Years – Birthday Party, Video Contest, History Timeline
The Garden, A Master Teacher
Rhubarb Bran Muffins Recipe
“Food, What?!” Is a Blast

Winter 2007
Food Scraps for Waste Free Schools
Roasted Roots Recipe
Worms, Worms, Worms
Activty: “Bringing in the Clean-up Crew”

Summer 2007
School Lunch Program Overview
Fresh Fruit Crepes Recipe
“Food, What?!”
The Growing Classroom New Edition
Activity: “Hear Us, Hear Us”

Winter 2006-2007
The California School Garden Network
Curried Winter Squash Soup
15 Million for California School Gardens

Summer 2006
Life Lab Worldwide
Summer Salsa Recipe
The Kindergarten Initiative in Philadelphia
New CDE Regional Training Center
Beeswax Candle Garden Activity
Gardens for Learning: Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden

Winter 2005
Garden Classroom Update
AVANCE Program at Life Lab
Rainbow Chard Rolls Recipe
“Rainbow Chip” Garden Activity

Fall-Winter 2005
How to Teach Stewardship to Children
Recipe for Winter Soup
Children’s Books Reviews
Ways to Use Recycled Materials in the Garden

Summer 2004
Life Lab Celebrates 25 Years
Student Project: Making Fruit Leather
The Importance of Environmental Education
Benefits and Maintenance of Chickens in the Garden
A National Initiative in Plant-Based Learning

Spring 2003
Managing an Effective Outdoor Classroom
Garden Maintenance in the Summer
Garden Grants
“Wheat Heads” Kids Activity

Winter 2003
Teaching Nutrition Through a School Garden
Making the Consumer Connection
Student Project: Herb Tea Bags

Fall 2002
Garden Classroom Update
Educational Resources
Field-to-Market-to-You Update
Reducing Trash in the Classroom

Spring 2002
Sustaining Your School Garden
Good Bugs for the Garden

 

From Last Century

Fall 1996
A Garden in Every School
Harvest Hotline – What can my class do in the winter?
CD Review – North American Birds (what is a CD?)
Nutty Bird Treats
Life Lab’s New Web Page Announced
Call for Presentations: Education in Blossom: The School Garden-Community Partnership
Book Review – The Geography of Chilhood by Gary Paul Nabhan and Stephen Trimble

 

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Building on Life Lab’s 40 years of experience in the school garden movement, we’ve updated and put together a series of 4 virtual courses that will guide and support educators in becoming a Life Lab-Certified School Garden Educator. 🌳At Life Lab, we believe the world needs informed, inspired, creative, and collaborative leaders, ready with the skills and the motivation they need to work for justice, sustainability, and healthy communities. And we believe that the garden is an ideal space for growing just such leaders! Now, more than ever, we need dedicated educators to lead children in cultivating a love of learning, healthy food and connection to our natural world through garden-based education. 🐝Your support makes this work possible 💚 – thank you for being a part of the Life Lab community and broader school garden movement! If you have already donated to Life Lab recently, thank you! If you haven’t yet given this year, please help us keep all of this vital work going and growing by donating now. Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated and have real impacts.www.lifelab.org/donate

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🌻 🔬 Next Generation Science in the Garden 🔬🌻 “I’m a Scientist!” exclaim students in the garden, empowered by Life Lab’s inquiry-led approach to science education. A garden is rich with teachable moments inviting observant students to experience foundational life and natural science concepts. As birds fly overhead, plants fruit or bloom or hibernate, decomposers make dirt; students learn science by observation and experience, having fun and gaining deeper academic knowledge. Life Lab’s Next Generation Science in the Garden (NGSG) curriculum is developed by teachers, piloted by garden educators and a wonderful tool for connecting academic curriculum to robust garden environments.Your support makes this work possible – thank you for being a part of the Life Lab community and broader school garden movement! NGSG Curriculum is available now! ow.ly/ATOW50HhQb4

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Thank you for supporting hands-on learning and well-being for all children and being part of the growing school garden movement! We appreciate your partnership and wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season.

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I’ve been a teacher educator for 15 years. I started with literacy methods, then migrated to science, but what I most love to teach is garden pedagogy. Thanks to @ucmastergardenersnapaco I was able to bring lessons I learned from @ucdstudentfarm Life Lab and @beetlesproject to Napa. From 2013-2017 the #SchoolGardenTaskForce hosted several workshops aimed at increasing the horticultural knowledge of garden educators. I found a community of like-minded folks to connect with in California. #communityconnection #gardenbasedlearning #learningfromthebest

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#GoodReads in Spanish, incldng LAS CALABACITAS DE ZORA, translatd from Zora’s Zucchini.Also see ESPINACAS DE SYLVIA, translated from Sylvia’s Spinach, a 2020 selection.See full lists from 2019-2021: bit.ly/3rkZa5nBoth SYLVIA and ZORA, in English & Spanish, are available in #audiobooks from Live Oak Media. ..#SpanishChildrensBooks #DiverseBooks #FoodLiteracy REFORMA Reforma Los Angeles ChapterNational Association for Bilingual EducationCABE California Association for Bilingual EducationThe National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) California Association for the Education of Young ChildrenViva Farms Big Green Life Lab Common Threads Farm The Children’s Book Council ALSC – The Association for Library Service to ChildrenThe Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DCOur ’22 Best Spanish Language Picture book list comes out in January. For now, enjoy ’21 @CuentoDeLuz @charlesbridge @reforma @ALALibrary @Candlewick @kokila @BarefootBooks @ReadersToEatersbankstedu.info/3D3NBl3

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Our partners, Life Lab, are hiring to work with #PVUSD students. Check it out!Nuestros socios, Life Lab, están contratando para trabajar con estudiantes de #PVUSD. ¡Échale un vistazo!lifelab.org/about/internships/jobs/Life Lab PVUSD Parents

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Happy National Homemade Bread Day! November is also National Bread Month. Share Bread Lab on the science and joy of whole wheat sourdough breadmaking. bit.ly/2VQjVo7"This engaging picture book about the science and joy of making bread is named for Washington State University’s influential BreadLab and co-written by its managing director, Kim Binczewski, and agricultural scientist Bethany Econopouly. Illustrated lovingly by Hayelin Choi, this book should inspire folks of all ages to explore the world of sourdough baking."Eater SeattleSee video with Kim introducing the book and her work at the WSU Breadlab. bit.ly/3r9RIqz..#NationalHomemadeBreadDay #HomemadeBread #Bread #WholeGrain #WholeWheat #Sourdough #SourdoughStarter #Fermenation #FoodLiteracy #FoodEducation #ScienceEducation #FoodScience #PlantScience #SoilScience #Farming #CulinaryEducation #KidsCooking #FarmToSchool #AgClassroom #AgLiteracy #AITC The Bread Bakers Guild of AmericaNational Agriculture in the Classroom American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Whole Kids Foundation Pilot Light FoodCorps Life Lab Big Green Washington Ag in the Classroom California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC) California Farm to School Edible Schoolyard NYC The Edible Schoolyard Project Center for Ecoliteracy

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Another wonderful Community Involvement day is in the books!Some of the activities students participated in to serve our community today:* Learned and practiced land stewardship (improve biodiversity, revegetation, weed removal)* Food preparation and distribution* Resource conservation* Home construction for low income families* Care and clean up of our community’s shared spacesThank you to these amazing local organizations and groups for their continued work to better our world through the lens of environmental advocacy and social justice: Coastal Watershed CouncilSave Our ShoresHomeless Garden ProjectEvergreen CemeterySan Lorenzo Valley Native Habitat Restoration ProgramGrey BearsLife LabSecond Harvest Food Bank Santa CruzHabitat for Humanity Monterey BayReStore Santa Cruz Home Improvement Store & Donation Centerwww.facebook.com/groups/SantaCruzFoodNotBombsSanta Cruz Museum of Natural HistoryCity of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation

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Happy National STEM Day! #GoodFoodReads for #stemeducation: The Thing About Bees: A Love LetterFarmer Will Allen and the Growing TableBread LabBook info @ bit.ly/xoWr0H Find CurriculumMatrix for these titles @ National Agriculture in the Classroom bit.ly/3H0J9H4 ..#NationalSTEMDay #STEM #STEAM #stemeducation #scienceeducation #gardeneducation #environmentaleducation #MakerEducation #farmtoschool #agclassroom #agliteracy #AITC #FoodLiteracy #naeycAC The Alliance for a Healthier GenerationNational Science Teaching AssociationWSTA-Washington Science Teachers AssociationCalifornia Farm to School National Farm to School Network FoodCorps Big Green Life Lab Edible Schoolyard NYC The Edible Schoolyard Project Green Bronx Machine

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